Los Angeles has gone from NO NFL teams to TWO in the 2017! WOW! After years and years of threats and ballot measures, San Diego Owner Dean Spanos just threw up his hands and announced the team would move to Los Angeles
The team, which started in L.A. in 1960 before heading south, will play at the 27,000-seat StubHub Center in Carson starting next season. It will be, by far, the smallest venue to house an NFL team, but that should mean their games will sell out, meaning no blackout for Chargers home games on SoCal TV. The team then will move into the pending Inglewood stadium it will share with the L.A. Rams beginning in 2019. The news comes one year to the day after the Rams announced their relocation from St. Louis to the City of Angels after 22 years.
While the petite “selective audience” stadium where the Chargers will now play may not be the 80,000-seater that will eventually house both the Rams and the Chargers, it is better than Jack Murphy Stadium, apparently. That 50-year-old hell hole is so old and decrepit that there is moss in the bathrooms and the whole visitors locker room is overrun by ivy. It is so old, they found Balin’s tomb there. It is so old they don’t even have TVs, just radios and player pianos. It is so old they serve gluten.
Why are you reading about this on a comics blog? Well, Spanos had long sought to tie the fate of the Chargers – and their desperate need for a stadium that has a parking lot for Fusions and not just Model Ts – to the need to expand the convention center for Comic-Con and beyond.
Voters this fall rejected a ballot measure that would have funded a new stadium with a new “convadium” in its bowels – a separate but equal convention center that could be used for mega events. CCI, the non-profit that runs Comic-Con, rejected this idea though, favoring a contiguous expansion .
How this all ties in to the still unsettled need for more space at the Convention Center isn’t clear yet. Any locals have any opinions? Let us know.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.